What Are Bird Mites?
Apart from termites and rodents, bird mites can also be a problem in your home, especially when you are located in areas that are near the habitats of birds. Bird mites are parasitic organisms that feed mainly on birds; the females require blood for reproduction. However, when the birds die or a nest is abandoned, the mites will search for a new source of food – they can resort to feeding on mammals, including humans.
Health Threats of Bird Mites
Although bird mites don’t necessarily feed on human blood, they can still try to bite and live on your skin. This can cause intense itchiness and red bumps may start to appear. Bird mites usually infest areas where humans sleep and relax, which includes the bedroom and bathroom. One particular problem with bird mites is that, although you can feel something crawling on your skin or body, you might actually find it difficult to really see them because of their size. Oftentimes, you might feel a sudden prick on your skin and not find anything, except for a reddened bump after a little while. The bite can take longer to heal than a mosquito bite.
Getting Rid of Bird Mites
Bird mite infestations are not permanent as they will need to find a new host; however, it can extend for several months if not managed immediately. Our team at Defence Pest Management provides effective pest control that homeowners can trust. We will first inspect your property to find out if there is any bird mite infestation, then our specialists will remove these infestations. We will help you determine whether there are nearby bird nests in your surroundings that can be a possible cause of future infestations. And if there are other types of pest infestation in your home, we can also help you get rid of them.
Keeping the Bird Mites Out
Defence Pest Management may devise a plan so that you can avoid further infestation, whether by bird mites or other pests such as termites, ants, silverfish or carpet beetle. As a homeowner, you should also make sure that your home is not an inviting place for birds to create their nests. Make sure that there are no openings on your roof and that roof voids are not used by birds as their nesting place. Areas such as window ledges and outdoor furniture where birds roost should be cleared and cleaned to prevent bird mite infestation.